Junior minister John Halligan
John Halligan, Independent Alliance Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has been named as the person who asked senior female civil servant whether she was married with children during a job interview.
The Workplace Relations Commission heard Mr Halligan, enquired of the unnamed woman:
“I shouldn’t be asking you this, but…. are you a married woman? Do you have children? How old are your children.”
Following the ruling, Mr Halligan told the Irish Independent::
“I was simply trying to put the interviewee at ease….“All of my staff start at 10am because they need to get their kids to school and can finish early if they need to.”